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Italy Anti-austerity protests on April 12 , 2014 become violent - At least 80 people – both police and protesters – have been injured as street battles broke out in Rome, with rocks being flung and police deploying pepper spray. Thousands took to the street to march against austerity measures. ..... New World Order or Disorder ?

Anti-austerity protest in Italy turns violent

Police fire tear gas and make arrests as protesters clash with police over new prime minister's labour reforms.

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An anti-austerity protest in Italy has turned violent as demonstrators clashed with police in the capital Rome.
Police fired tear gas and made a number of arrests in attempts to bring the crowd under control on Saturday as clashes with the police left several people injured, according to medics and an AFP news agency photographer.
Protesters threw eggs and oranges at government buildings before turning on police, as officers tried to disperse the crowd by surging towards the group and blasting them with tear gas, leaving many protesters fleeing down side streets.
Renzi's labour reforms will worsen the situation for workers without job security, hitting young people when they are already struggling
Federico Bicerni, Youth head, Italian Marxist Leninist Party
According to the interior ministry, six people were taken into custody, and one protester was seriously hurt after a firecracker apparently exploded prematurely in his hand.
Made up of workers, students and anti-austerity campaigners, the demonstration, which was against high housing costs and unemployment attracted 15,000 according to protest organisers.
Taking aim at 39-year-old Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his plans to reform labour rules, protesters were angry over plans to make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees.
Al Jazeera's Claudio Lavanga, reporting from Rome, said some of the protesters were angry over issues the Renzi government inherited from previous governments, but many opposed his labour market reforms.
"So far Italians seem cautiously optimistic about Renzi's proposed tax cuts, but two months in the job, he has faced the anger of those who oppose his drive for reforms," he said.
Federico Bicerni, the youth head of the Italian Marxist Leninist Party told the Reuters news agency: "They are reducing democracy. Renzi's labour reforms will worsen the situation for workers without job security, hitting young people when they are already struggling. The rage of the people in the squares today is justified."
Renzi, who came to power in February, has put forward an ambitious economic reform programme which will see public spending reduced by $6.2bn dollars.
With the country's unemployment rate reaching a record 13 percent in February, he says reforms are a "precondition for economic recovery".
Speaking last week, Renzi said the changes were needed as "there are those who have taken much, too much over the years, and it is time they give some back".




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At least 80 people – both police and protesters – have been injured as street battles broke out in Rome, with rocks being flung and police deploying pepper spray. Thousands took to the street to march against austerity measures.
Blasts and sirens could be heard as a splinter group of masked protesters launched firecrackers, eggs and rocks at police, who defended themselves with shields. One protester had his hand blown off by a firecracker he was yet to throw. At least six people were arrested, police said.
A demonstrator is detained by policemen during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)
A demonstrator is detained by policemen during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

The march started at roughly 14:00 from Porta Pia, with the crowd stating they were protesting in favor of affordable housing and plans for new labor regulations which would make firing and hiring easier.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is in the process of making mass economic reforms. Youth unemployment has risen to well over 40 percent.
A demonstrator is detained by policemen during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)
A demonstrator is detained by policemen during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)


“Renzi's labour reforms will worsen the situation for workers without job security, hitting young people when they are already struggling. The rage of the people in the squares today is justified,”
a 23 year old graduate from Modena named Federico Bicerni told Reuters.
Anti riots policemen clash with protesters as thousands of people demonstrate against Italian government and austerity measures on April, 2014 in Rome. (AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)
Anti riots policemen clash with protesters as thousands of people demonstrate against Italian government and austerity measures on April, 2014 in Rome. (AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)

Italy is still suffering from the effects of austerity measures, budget cuts and mass unemployment.

The Rome-based national statistics office, ISTAT announced at the beginning of April that Italy's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate spiked at 13.0 percent in February, rising from 12.9 percent in January - making it the highest level since records started being kept in 1977.
Demonstrators fight with policemen during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)
Demonstrators fight with policemen during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

“Unemployment levels are very high. For the time being people can survive thanks to family support…but this is very thin amount of reserves that families can spend to support their family members. At one point in time this could end and people will just be without anything. No job, no house, and no prospective retirement benefits,” Political Analyst Paolo Raffone told RT.

“Austerity measures as such are extremely painful if they are not followed by some measures to support people,”
 he said.
A demonstrator throws a stone at policemen during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)
A demonstrator throws a stone at policemen during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

Tens of thousands also marched in France simultaneously. Police stated that some 25,000 joined the protest, while social media estimates placed the figure closer to 100,000.

Protesters in Paris waved banners declaring that “When you are leftist you support employees,” in criticism of Hollande’s business-friendly reforms which are seemingly abandoning the ideals of the left.
Policemen take shelter from bottles and flares thrown by demonstrators during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)
Policemen take shelter from bottles and flares thrown by demonstrators during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)